"Let's Simplify Things"
A beginners guide to getting organized
Let's begin by learning the basic steps involved in any organization project:
- STEP ONE - Group
Group all your items with other items that are used together to complete a task.
All of the items you use to go camping need to be put together. The tent, chairs, a cooler, etc. into one pile.
In your closet you would put all of your business clothes in a pile and all of your "night out" clothes in another pile etc.
- STEP TWO - Divide
Your camping pile is now subdivided into a pile of chairs, a pile of tents, a pile of flashlights, etc.
Your "night out" clothes are separated into piles of shirts, jeans, dresses, belts, etc.
- STEP THREE - Purge
You find that one of your tents has a hole in it and hasn't been used in three years, get rid of it.
You find you have 7 red shirts, one has a hole, one no longer fits, and 3 are practically the same. You get rid of these shirts and now you only have to store the two you actually wear.
- STEP FOUR - Arrange
You decide that your camping stuff is only used once a month and only during the summer. No need to store it on the kitchen counter (we hope you wouldn't seriously consider this). A garage, basement or closet would be better. Some of the stuff is pretty heavy so you decide that carrying it up from the basement every time you need it isn't a very good idea. You also decide that when you want to use your camping stuff you need to load it into your vehicle. This leaves you confident that the garage is the perfect place to store your camping equipment.
You decide that since you are always in a hurry when getting dressed for work, and since you wear your work clothes every weekday, they deserve to be front and center in your closet. Your "going out" clothes only get used twice a week and you usually have more time to prepare, so you decide that they don't need to be front and center and place them to the side. ADVANCED PLANNING - Your "going out clothes" include 4 long dresses and you decide the left side of the closet is better than the right side because it has a higher hanging rod. All of your "going out clothes" follow to that side of the closet so everything you need is together when planning your outfit.
- STEP FIVE - Contain
You know you want your camping stuff in the garage but there is not any shelving for it so you install some shelving to fit all of the specific items. You then buy some small clear containers to separate your flashlights from your cooking utensils.
You adjust all of your closet rods and shelving to properly contain your clothing. You have decided that you have a few pairs of "once a year" shoes that you want to store overhead so you decide to get clear shoe boxes with labels on the outside so you can quickly and easily identify the contents.
- STEP SIX - CELEBRATE
Being organized is a great way to take control of your life. It provides instant gratification and if you spend the time to do it properly, you'll be rewarded with more free time and less stress for years to come. The steps shared above can be applied to anything including file management and these are the same basic steps used by many professional organizers around the world.
We give you this information for free and will provide much more in our blog and on our social media pages in the months to come. When you hire most professional organizers you will notice that this is how they go about coming up with solutions. What sets The Affordable Organizer apart is the amount of work that goes on beyond the information included here. No guide can completely cover what years of training and experience teach you. If you would like help on your journey to getting organized you can email us at email@example.com and we will always do our best to answer your questions and keep you on the right path.
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